The Hidden Almanac for
Monday June 8th, 2015
Episode 266
Previous episode: 2015-06-05
Next episode: 2015-06-10


Today we recall a small shop in the city. It is the Feast Day of St. Sigrid, and in the garden, there are carpenter bees.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


Welcome to the Hidden Almanac, I’m Reverend Mord.

Today is June 8th, 2015.

It was on this day in 1981 that a small shop opened on the High Street in the city. It was owned by an ancient, wizened man with a very exciting beard and sold strange curios. Approximately a dozen people went in and purchased an item from the store. Eleven people received cryptic instructions and warnings of a terrible curse, and the twelfth purchased a pack of gum in order to have change for the bus. The store was shut down by the authorities almost immediately, and most of the items confiscated. He was allowed to keep the gum.

It is the Feast Day of Saint Sigrid. Sigrid was the first known selkie saint, and originated from the village of Gant, near Echo Harbor. She labored tirelessly attempting to negotiate a truce with the orca tribes of the far north. As orcas eat seals, these were extremely taxing negotiations, but Sigrid maintained that there was good in the heart of every being and that peace could be achieved. In the end, she and the orca matriarch known as Sawtooth Ancient went together into the massive sea caverns underneath Echo Harbor. They returned together some days later, both alive, although Sigrid's pelt had gone white and Sawtooth Ancient was badly wounded. The end result was a lasting peace between orcas and selkies, and neither of them would speak of what they had seen.

Saint Sigrid is now the patron of those who seek peace against terrible odds. She is represented as either a haloed seal or a woman wearing a sealskin, with an orca fin in the background behind her.

In the garden, there are carpenter bees about. Homeowners become unduly alarmed at the depredations of carpenter bees, but I will put in a good word for them. They are not as destructive as people fear. Painting or varnishing wood is usually enough to keep them away, and if you putty over their holes in fall, they frequently will abandon the tunnel completely. The males do not even sting. In this troubled time when our pollinators are in such peril, it is worth learning to live alongside them.

The Hidden Almanac is brought to you by Red Wombat Tea Company, purveyors of fine and inaccessible teas. Red Wombat --- “We Dig Tea.”

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That’s the Hidden Almanac for June 8th, 2015. Be safe, and stay out of trouble.


Out of Character

The Hidden Almanac is a production of Dark Canvas Media, written by Ursula Vernon and performed and produced by Kevin Sonney. Our theme music is Moon Valley and our exit music is Red in Black, both by Kosta T. You can hear more from Kosta T at the Free Music Archive. All other content is copyright 2013 through 2015, Ursula Vernon.

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